Day 1 – From Paris CDG to Montreuil-Bellay

8-10:30 : Pick-up at CDG Airport – Drive 3.5 hours to Montreuil Bellay.
1:30pm : Welcome brunch at our family home.
4pm : Checkin at L’Arcane du Bellay Bed & Breakfast (or equivalent)
4-7pm : Free time (Nap?...) or walk in the village
7pm : Dinner at l’Auberge des Îles in Montreuil-Bellay – www.auberge-des-isles.fr

Day 2 – When in Rome… Farmer’s market and cooking day !

9:30am : Pick-up at your B&B
10am : Thouars’ Farmer’s market
1pm : Lunch “retour de marché”
3-5pm : Visit the castle of Montreuil-Bellay
5:30pm : Cook French traditional recipes
8pm : dinner – Loire wines and Food pairing

Day 3 – Discover the Loire on the water

9:30am : Pickup at your B&B
10am: Farmer’s market in Saumur and walk about in the city to the castle.
1pm -6pm: Barge Trip, Lunch & Wine Tasting on the Loire with winemaker Frédéric Mabileau,
organic winegrower in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil.
Evening : All you’d like to do is sleep… Free time !

Day 4 – Castle day “Explore the Renaissance”

9:00am: Pickup at your B&B
10:00am: Visit Château de Chenonceaux Castle
1pm: Lunch “Menu du Marché” at Auberge du Bon Laboureur **** - www.bonlaboureur.com
3pm: Visit Château du Clos Lucé – Leonardo Da Vinci last residence – www.vinci-closluce.com
6pm: Drive back to Montreuil-Bellay
8pm: Dinner at La Grange à Dîme in Montreuil-Bellay – traditional Loire specialty called “Fouée”

Day 5 – Villages, cellars and Michelin star…

09:30 am: Pickup at your B&B
10:00 am: Walk from Montsoreau to Candes-Saint-Martin.
Two of the “Plus beaux Villages de France”
01:00 pm: Picnic on the Loire
03:00 pm: Wine tasting at Château de Villeneuve in Souzay-Champigny
– Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc producer
06:30 pm: Dinner at Fontevraud Abbaye 1 star Michelin restaurant
– 4 course tasting Menu

Day 6 – Savennières “The beauty of Chenin Blanc”

09:00 am: Pickup at your B&B
10:00 am: Meet winegrower René Papin in Savennières.
Walk in the vines and Terroir description
12:00 pm: Lunch with René Papin at restaurant Le Chenin
in Savennières
02:30 - 04:30 pm: Visit winery & Tasting at Château Pierre Bise
in Beaulieu-sur-Layon
06:30 pm: Dinner at La Route du Sel in Le Tourheil
– www.authoureil.com

Day 7 – On our way to a Parisian evening

08:30 am: Pickup at your B&B
– Departure for Paris
12:30 pm: Lunch at Grand Coeur Bistro
- www.grandcoeur.paris
02:30-04:30 pm: Visit of Paris in 2CV Citroen
05:30 pm: Checkin at Hotel 3 star Hôtel des Maronniers in Saint Germain des Prés
08:00 pm: Dinner at Le Bon Saint Pourçain in Saint Germain des Prés
- www.bonsaintpourcain.com

Day 8 – Travel back home...

08:00 am: Meet at the Lobby for departure to Airport
09:30 am: Drop off Paris CDG airport